This week we had a zone conference with two zones. President Maluenda and the AP's gave a whole bunch of trainings and we learned a whole lot. President talked a ton about loving the mission, just like he always does. You gotta love the mission and love every single person out there. Everyone has so much potential, and if we can see that potential in them and want it for them enough, then we'll have the drive and las ganas to do everything we can to help them, and as we rely on the Spirit and do todo posible, we'll see miracles. We also learned how important it is to love and earn the trust of the leaders of the ward, all the auxiliary and quorum leaders as well as the counselors. If they get excited about missionary work, everything will trickle down.
Earlier this week we went to the hospital to give a blessing to a woman who had a stillborn. We're going to start teaching her and her husband and helping them know about the plan of happiness and how to have an eternal family. I was just wondering if Leann had anything that really helped her with Tyson, like a certain talk or scripture. Thanks so much!
I can't believe you're growing up so fast, Cassidy! AAH! Remember when you were little and I would ask, "Hold her, huh?" Just love senior year and go crazy. BYU's gonna be so much fun!!! Thanks for sending some of your senior pictures to get my opinion. Also, I don't know if you realize this already, but something missionaries always try to do is write to the sisters of other missionaries. Just so you know.
Did you see those pictures Aunt Mindy sent of Dad? A couple of those really look like me. It's freaky.
|Jeff with his Grandpa Young|
|Jeff with his Great Grandma Stevens & Grandma Simon|
My birthday was super fun! We went to a member's house and watched some Church movies. It was Sister Sander's birthday this last Sunday, so we celebrated hers too. The Ward Mission Leader in the Spanish ward got us a huge tres leches cake. Also, I did a Mordida.
"A great Mexican Birthday tradition is not just the eating of the cake but the tradition of the first bite. As everyone stands around the one to have just completed another year of life, they all chant, 'Mordida, Mordida, Mordida!' Yes, Mordida is the same word used for a bribe but that is because it means to take a bite. The birthday person is expected to take their first bite of the cake without any utensils and with their hands behind their back. Then, of course, one of their friends or family is sure to push their face into the cake. This is all done in great fun."
One awesome thing that happened this week. Yesterday, a 19 year old girl just walked into the Church and sat by the sister missionaries. She later told them that God told her she needed to go to that Church. She loved it so much, she
wants to get baptized as soon as possible so that she can serve a mission and share how amazing the gospel is with other people. The Sisters are going to meet with her every day and she'll be baptized next Sunday. It seems like miracles always happen around the end of the month when you're a missionary.
That's about all the news this week. The weirdest thing I've eaten so far is probably the boiled pig skins, Chicharrones or something like that. Anyway, I love you all sooooooooooooooooo much!!!!